Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art: Chicago’s Bauhaus Legacy


Opening reception: August 9, 2013, 6-9 pm
August 9 – September 29, 2013

Chicago’s Bauhaus Legacy: in 1937 the Association of Arts and Industries invited László Moholy-Nagy to set up a design school in Chicago, which he named the New Bauhaus. This was four years after the Bauhaus, then located in Berlin, was dissolved in 1933 under Nazi pressure. Moholy-Nagy had been a Bauhaus Master at the famed design school from 1923 to 1928 in its earlier locations in Weimar and Dessau. His teaching in Chicago as well as his own diverse creative work were characterized by a unique innovative and experimental approach.

The exhibition will showcase works of art and design created from 1937 to 1955 by students of the New Bauhaus and its successor schools, the School of Design in Chicago and the Institute of Design (ID) with special emphasis on the Foundation Course exercises. In addition, the life work of both students and teachers at the school prior to 1955 will be shown, from 1937 to the present.

The vast majority of the exhibition constitutes work that has never before been publicly exhibited. Some eighty individuals, about half of whom are living and working, are represented. Material has been provided through generous loans from private collections, in addition to work from the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art permanent collection and the Bauhaus Chicago Committee Archive & Collection.

The exhibition catalogue will include a two-part essay, “Moholy-Nagy in Europe 1895-1937” and “Moholy-Nagy in Chicago 1937-1946,” by Lloyd C. Engelbrecht. He is author of the modern classic Moholy-Nagy: Mentor to Modernism (2009).

This exhibition was organized by the UIMA in partnership with T. Paul Young and the Bauhaus Chicago Committee NFP.

Please check for events related to the exhibition, posted as scheduled.
The listing of those individuals represented in the exhibit can be found on the website.

Preview exhibit on our Flickr page:

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